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  • Except I'm aware that as a writer you can't get away with as much writing for children as you can with adults. Children have much more finely tuned senses of justice, morals, and ethics. They are much more Platonic: children are symmetrical, before we begin to fragment them with our own nonsensical ideas and squelch their natural joy in knowledge.

  • One of the marks of a truly great mind, I had discovered, is the ability to feign stupidity on demand.

    Stupidity   Mind   Demand  
    Alan Bradley (2014). “The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches: A Flavia de Luce Novel”, p.74, Delacorte Press
  • Liberals have always been the most fervent Imperialists.

  • The spectrum on the list is very broad. It includes leftists who think that whiny liberals should be stuffed in a sack and drowned.

  • What intrigued me more than anything else was finding out the way in which everything, all of creation - all of it! - was held together by invisible chemical bonds, and I found a strange, inexplicable comfort in knowing that somewhere, even though we couldn't see it in our own world, there was a real stability.

    Real   Knowing   Together  
    Alan Bradley (2009). “The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Novel”, p.10, Delacorte Press
  • Compared with my life Cinderella was a spoiled brat.

    Alan Bradley (2011). “A Red Herring Without Mustard: A Flavia de Luce Novel”, p.83, Delacorte Press
  • I was an early reader, and my grandmother, who as a child had been forbidden to read by a father who believed books to be frivolous time-wasters, delighted in putting her favorite volumes into her grandchildren's hands.

    Children   Father   Book  
  • I had thought for years, probably 30 or 40 years, that it would be a lot of fun to try my hand at a classic English mystery novel... I love that form very much because the reader is so familiar with all of the types of characters that are in there that they already identify with the book.

    Fun   Book   Character  
    "Book Talk: Alan Bradley on young sleuths and TV series". March 8, 2013, www.reuters.com. Interview with Noreen O'Donnell.
  • Not very good with death? Father was a military man, and military men lived with death; lived for death; lived on death. To a professional soldier, oddly enough, death was life.

    Father   Military   Men  
    Alan Bradley (2016). “The Flavia de Luce Series 7-Book Bundle”, p.53, Delacorte Press
  • If you remember nothing else, remember this: Inspiration from outside one's self is like the heat in an oven. It makes passable Bath buns. But inspiration from within is like a volcano: It changes the face of the world.

    Alan Bradley (2016). “The Flavia de Luce Series 7-Book Bundle”, p.552, Delacorte Press
  • It is not unknown for fathers with a brace of daughters to reel off their names in order of birth when summoning the youngest, and I had long ago become accustomed to being called 'Ophelia Daphne Flavia, damn it.

    Alan Bradley (2016). “The Flavia de Luce Series 7-Book Bundle”, p.193, Delacorte Press
  • Chicken fizz! O Lord, protect all of us who toil in the vineyards of experimental chemistry!

    Alan Bradley (2016). “The Flavia de Luce Series 7-Book Bundle”, p.240, Delacorte Press
  • I had long ago discovered that when a word or formula refused to come to mind the best thing for it was to think of something else: tigers for instance or oatmeal. Then when the fugitive word was least expecting it I would suddenly turn the full blaze of my attention back onto it catching the culprit in the beam of my mental torch before it could sneak off again into the darkness.

    Alan Bradley (2011). “A Red Herring Without Mustard: A Flavia de Luce Novel”, p.145, Delacorte Press
  • I'm at that age where I watch such things with two minds, one that cackles at these capers and another that never gets much beyond a rather jaded and self-conscious smile, like the Mona Lisa.

    Self   Two   Laughing  
    Alan Bradley (2016). “The Flavia de Luce Series 7-Book Bundle”, p.488, Delacorte Press
  • Growing up in a Canadian household that was more British than Big Ben, I dreamed of flying to England myself and visiting the places my family never tired of talking about. I always woke up before the plane landed.

  • Although it is pleasant to think about poison at any season, there is something special about Christmas, and I found myself grinning.

    Alan Bradley (2016). “The Flavia de Luce Series 7-Book Bundle”, p.1150, Delacorte Press
  • My grandmother flew only once in her life, and that was the day she and her new husband ascended into the skies of Victorian London in the wicker basket of a hot-air balloon. They were soon to emigrate to Canada, and the aerial ride was meant to be a last view of their beloved England.

  • Anyone who knew the word slattern was worth cultivating as a friend.

    Alan Bradley (2009). “The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Novel”, p.87, Delacorte Press
  • During a long career in TV broadcasting, I spent a lot of time contributing to other people's creations.

    Careers   Long   People  
  • I always knew that I wanted to work on my own material - something that would be more long-lasting than short-lived electronic transmissions.

    Long   Would Be   Lasting  
  • I was learning that among friends, a smile can be better than a belly laugh.

    Alan Bradley (2011). “A Red Herring Without Mustard: A Flavia de Luce Novel”, p.184, Delacorte Press
  • If poisons were ponies, I'd put my money on cyanide.

    Poison   Ponies   Cyanide  
    Alan Bradley (2013). “The Flavia de Luce Series 4-Book Bundle: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag, A Red Herring Without Mustard, I Am Half-Sick of Shadows”, p.123, Delacorte Press
  • Whenever I'm with other people, part of me shrinks a little. Only when I am alone can I fully enjoy my own company.

    People   Littles   Enjoy  
    Alan Bradley (2011). “A Red Herring Without Mustard: A Flavia de Luce Novel”, p.85, Delacorte Press
  • Whenever I'm out-of-doors and find myself wanting to have a first-rate think, I fling myself down on my back, throw my arms and legs out so that I look like an asterisk, and gaze at the sky.

    Thinking   Doors   Sky  
    Alan Bradley (2016). “The Flavia de Luce Series 7-Book Bundle”, p.272, Delacorte Press
  • TV and film taught me to think cinematically. Teaching others to edit, for example, provides a great deal of insight into the millions of ways in which given elements can be put together to tell a story.

  • The very best people are like that. They don't entangle you like flypaper.

    People  
    Alan Bradley (2016). “The Flavia de Luce Series 7-Book Bundle”, p.820, Delacorte Press
  • I am often thought of as being remarkably bright, and yet my brains, more often than not, are busily devising new and interesting ways of bringing my enemies to sudden, gagging, writhing, agonizing death.

    Alan Bradley (2010). “The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag: A Flavia de Luce Novel”, p.316, Dell
  • To be most effective, flattery is always best applied with a trowel.

    Alan Bradley (2016). “The Flavia de Luce Series 7-Book Bundle”, p.576, Delacorte Press
  • As I stood outside in Cow Lane, it occurred to me that Heaven must be a place where the library is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. No ... eight days a week.

    Book   Eight   Heaven  
    Alan Bradley (2016). “The Flavia de Luce Series 7-Book Bundle”, p.63, Delacorte Press
  • I grew up in a very British family who had been transplanted to Canada, and my grandmother's house was filled with English books. I was a very early reader, so I was really brought up being surrounded with piles of British books and British newspapers, British magazines. I developed a really great love of England.

    "Book Talk: Alan Bradley on young sleuths and TV series". Interview with Noreen O'Donnell, www.reuters.com. March 8, 2013.
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